and the other three children will be joined by the Prince and Princess of Wales, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, Prince Harry and Meghan – and several others – as they walk in the procession behind the Queen’s casket at her funeral on Monday, according to the service announced on Sunday. night at Buckingham Palace.
The funeral, in Westminster Abbey in London,at 6:00 a.m. Eastern time. At 10.30pm local time, the queue of mourners was closed to new entrants so that all mourners would have a chance to pay their respects before the funeral starts.
The funeral is carried out by, the Dean of Westminster, and the sermon delivered by the Reverend Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Buckingham Palace said. Several scripture readings, hymns and prayers are also interspersed.
Around 500 royals, heads of state and heads of government from all over the world have been invited. President Biden arrived in London on Saturday ahead of the funeral.
The funeral procession will, among other things,walking beside his wife, Camilla, Queen Consort; followed by Anne, Princess Royal and her husband, Vice-Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence. Prince Andrew, Duke of York, will follow them, followed by Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex and Forfar and his wife, Sophie.
Behind the Queen’s children will be Prince William and Catherine, Princess of Wales, and then two of their children, 9-year-old Prince George and 7-year-old Princess Charlotte. William and Catherine’s youngest son, 4-year-old Prince Louis, is not listed on the order of service and is unlikely to attend the funeral.
Behind them will be Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, followed by Queen Elizabeth’s nephew David Armstrong-Jones, the Earl of Snowden and Peter Philips. They will be followed by the Duke of Glouster and then he will be followed by Prince Micheal of Kent and the Duke of Kent.
– Zara Tindall, Princess Beatrice, Princess Eugenie, Lady Louise Windsor and James, Viscount Severn – were not listed in the service. All eight grandchildren on Saturday stood behind her coffin.
Before the service, the abbey’s tenor bell will be rung once a minute for 96 minutes to mark each year of the Queen’s life.
As the Queen’s coffin is carried into the Abbey, ‘The Sentences’ – verses from the Bible – will be sung by the choirs of the Abbey, Chapel Royal and St James’s Palace.
Hoyle will deliver “The Bidding”, an introduction of sorts, followed by a hymn and the “First Lesson”, another scripture, which will be read by Patricia Scotland, the Secretary-General of the Commonwealth.
The monastery choir will sing Psalm 42, and then “The Second Lesson”, another piece of scripture, will be read by the newly appointed British Prime Minister Elizabeth Truss.
Welby will then deliver the sermon.
The cloister choir will sing two more songs, there will be a prayer, and then the funeral will end with Welby giving the eulogy and Hoyle giving the benediction.
The Queen’s coffin will then be carried out of the abbey and taken in procession to the Wellington Arch in Hyde Park Corner, before being taken to St. George’s Chapel in Windsor for the committal service, which is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. ET on Monday.
The Queen will be laid to rest at Windsor Castle on Monday night in a private family ceremony.
Queen Elizabeth II, the longest-reigning monarch in the history of Britain’s monarchy,.
Britain has not buried its sovereign since the Queen’s father, King George VI, in 1952, which was held in St George’s Chapel.
The over 1,000-year-old abbey has been the setting for royal coronations for hundreds of years, including the Queen’s own in 1953, and it is also where she married Prince Philip in 1947. The funeral of Queen Elizabeth II’s mother was held there in 2002, but there has not been a funeral for a monarch there since the 18th century.
Meanwhile, King Charles III released a statement on Sunday thanking “the countless people who have been such a support and comfort to my family and myself in this time of grief.”
“Over the past ten days, my wife and I have been so deeply touched by the many messages of condolence and support we have received from across this country and around the world,” the statement said.